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Mercy Corps Kenya Director Jobs

Who We Are:

Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible.
In disasters, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions
into action — helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within.
Now, and for the future.

Responsibilities:

STRATEGY AND VISION

  • Lead development of the program’s policy and advocacy strategy by leading a deep political and policy assessment of each target country and identifying key legislative and policy interventions that could strengthen the government’s capacity to prevent and respond to VE at the local and national level.
  • Contribute to shaping the project’s research and influencing agenda, working with the Research Lead to integrate and advance research, learning and advocacy in order to deepen the contextual understanding of VE drivers in the target countries and effective strategies to prevent the recruitment of vulnerable individuals into violent extremist organizations.
  • Stay abreast of the policy and political environment and emerging challenges, and be ready to engage with policymakers in each context to represent the program’s recommendations on how to tackle evolving dynamics.
  • Ensure that team members in the region are on message with our vision and position.

POLICY AND REPRESENTATION WORK

  • Provide leadership and strategic vision to the policy team including work plan development, partnership selection and management, and stakeholder engagement around policy and advocacy issues.
  • Represent the program in advancing policy issues related to CVE and violence mitigation and prevention including by building strategic partnerships, holding influencing meetings with government and other stakeholders, and by presenting policy and research at external events.
  • Build a network in each of the target countries and establish and maintain strategic relationships with relevant local and international stakeholders, to continually inform, challenge, and improve Mercy Corps’ advocacy, strategy, and program development.
  • Engage stakeholders at the community level to inform advocacy action planning, ensuring that program strategies and policy advocacy are driven by and aligned with community priorities.

TEAM MANAGEMENT

  • Lead in the structuring of partner roles and responsibilities for policy and advocacy work, oversee their activities and provide continuous technical support and capacity building as required.
  • Build a network of local organizations to engage in policy initiatives at the sub-national and County level.

THOUGHT LEADERSHIP

  • Track global policy developments affecting VE in the East/Horn of Africa Region, including policies of regional states, donor policies, and UN policy.
  • Work with the field teams and global P&A team to plan and produce effective, thoughtful and timely written products that advance policy perspectives important to our mission.

TRAINING AND CAPACITY BUILDING

  • Enhance the project team’s capacity on policy and advocacy by designing and leading technical training sessions for
  • Mercy Corps staff and local partners and providing ongoing coaching and mentoring.
  • Promote active learning and adaptive management, and contribute to agency-level networks and working groups, through documentation and knowledge sharing around best practices and lessons learned in CVE programming.

Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Peace Building and Conflict Resolution or related discipline.
  • At least 5 years experience working on countering violent extremism programming, conflict mitigation and resolution, and/or violence reduction and prevention programs.
  • Demonstrated experience working to influence local and national government policies to promote peace-building and development outcomes.
  • Solutions-oriented individual, with strong strategic thinking capabilities.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness managing a diverse team of staff, consortium partners and local implementing partners, building a cohesive and results-oriented team to deliver on complex programming result.
  • Experience working with a diverse range of community members to discuss sensitive and delicate topics in a conflict-sensitive manner.
  • Excellent writing and reporting skills.
  • Excellent verbal and inter-personal communications skills.
  • Demonstrated sensitivity, skill, and experience working within different cultural settings and navigating public affairs and communications on sensitive issues.

How To Apply:

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